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Author: Susanna Leonard Hill

Illustrator: Mike Wohnoutka

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Publisher: Bloomsbury,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Sometimes Ava's mind is so busy at the end of the day she needs help going to sleep. So she counts sheep. Those sheep had jumped the fence they were exhausted. Unfortunately, Ava wasn't and she still needed help. The sheep were through with jumping, but promised to find a replacement. Are sheep really replaceable? This is a humorous bedtime story with a new take on an time-honored tradition.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 7; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 2 to 8

Reading Level: 1.8

Age of Child: Read with a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: We laughed and giggled together with this one. If it weren't for my daughter's age, this would have been a go-to book for a LONG time.

Adult Reader Reaction: This ranks as one of my favorite bedtime stories. There is humor and plenty of action, but not so much to disrupt your bedtime routine. In fact, the sheep point out that horses won't work because this is not the "fun" time of day. The illustrations are colorful but well suited for an evening reading.

Pros: Animals of all shapes and sizes trying to jump over the fence will lighten up your bedtime ritual and get the kids excited about counting sheep.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is one you'll buy for yourself and a friend with a new baby, too.


Educational Themes: This a book that is just fun to share. As kids get older you can stretch this to talk about the "why" of animals jumping over the fence. You can also talk about idioms.

Notes: The Reading Tub reviewed the book in conjunction with an Author Showcase feature.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2010

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